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GCA Scholarships Recipients: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture


2018 Zaneta Hong

Zaneta Hong is an assistant professor in landscape architecture at the University of Virginia. Architects and designers routinely reorganize the earth’s matter and form, using complex material ecologies. Hong’s project aims to investigate the hidden histories of materials used in the construction and manufacturing of Roman architecture and urban infrastructure. Moreover, she will examine how specific materials have shaped and been shaped by contemporary shifts in climatic zones, geopolitical territories, regional to global economies, and emergent technologies. Her research will begin with the study of a single material—one that is environmentally and symbolically foundational to the history, present, and future of Rome—Carrara marble.

2017 Rosetta Elkin

Rosetta Elkin is an assistant professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and an associate at the Arnold Arboretum. Her project is titled “Shorelines: The Case of Italian Stone Pine.” Her study will explore the varied ages, adaptive forms, and changing behaviors along the Ostia shorelines in order to help articulate a broader role for plants when characterizing future coastal development in the context of changing climates.

2016 Jason Siebenmorgen

Jason Siebenmorgen is a Senior Associate with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., New York, NY. He holds a Master’s of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University and Bachelor’s of Fine Art from the Kansas City Art Institute.  His project is titled, “From Ancient Italy to Urban Parks Today: a study of the role of plants in Italian gardens and their influence on urban park design.” He will investigate the role of plants in Italian gardens, their influence on Western design, and the evolution of these private gardens into public parks today. His research-with direct access to sensory, cultural, historical, and academic markers in Rome’s gardens and archives-will trace what prompted the Italian fascination with flowering plants that later fell out of favor. His studies will provide a foundation and enable him to create a movement toward using flowering plants in landscape design.

2015 Thaïsa Way

Thaïsa Way is an Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her project is entitled, “Drawing Histories of Landscape Architecture.” As a landscape historian, she will explore how the distinct practices of scholars, relying on words to articulate their research, and of landscape architects, who rely on drawing, intersect to frame narratives of the history of landscape architecture. Professor Way will use her research and the experience of immersion in other Fellows’ drawing, as well as her own, to draft a manuscript on the role of drawing as a challenge to contemporary narratives of landscape architectural history. Professor Way is the 61st Garden Club of America Rome Prize winner.

2014 Adam Kuby

Adam Kuby hails from Portland, Oregon. He is an Environmental Artist and Landscape Architect. The friction between human form-making and its counterparts in nature is a primary focus of his landscape-based public art work. Humans mostly build things to stay true for as long as possible, but in nature everything is always changing. Adam will explore how such frictions have played out for millennia in Rome and what sites carry deep truths about how cities age. 

2013 Bradley Cantrell

School: Louisiana State University
His project is titled Synthetic and Responsive Ecologies. Bradley will focus on the water infrastructure of Rome, examining its historical evolution, analyzing the present conditions, and developing future projections.

2012 Karen M'Closkey

School: University of Pennsylvania
Is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Karen's project, titled A Field Guide to Rome: Baedeker and Beyond, will yield a supplement to the early English-language guidebooks published by Baedeker. The scholar will focus on places of extraction (quarries, aquifers) and deposition (landfills) that are reaching the end of their useful lives, yet open up new opportunities, both ecological and touristic.
Project location: Rome

2010 Fritz Haeg

School: Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture
"Mr. Haeg works across a range of disciplines, well beyond the realm of achitecture. He has exhibited in museums around the world. His project is titled Roman Wilderness MMX: Urban Agriculture, Animal Architecture and Street Choreography."
Project location: "Rome, Italy"

2009 Robert Hammond

School: President of the Highline Project in New York City had has served as its Exeutive Director since 1999.
His project "Along theTiber" will examine imaginative potentials for the best realistic use of the open space along the Tiber River. He will address the cross disciplinary process of beginning to plan for the vevitalization of the Tiber rivrfront.

2008 Hope Hasbrouck

School: Washington University in Saint Louis B.A. University of Virginia MARCH Harvard University MLA
Landscape Architecture Interpreting Cultural Landscape through Prospect and Passage
Project location: Rome



Scholarship Opportunities Abound

The Garden Club of America offers 28 merit-based scholarships and fellowships in 12 areas related to conservation, ecology, horticulture, and pollinator research. In 2018, more than $308,400 was awarded to 65 scholars.

In its inaugural year, the Montine M. Freeman Scholarship in Native Plant Studies was awarded to Angela Merriken and Dr. Uma Venkatesh.

Read more about the new Scholarship and the recipients.